It’s rich vs poor at Copenhagen following yesterday’s leak of a draft document . Developing countries think the document sets unfair limits on per capita carbon emissions and hands over too much power to industrialised nations.
Is the industrial world passing the buck? Or should the poor stop hiding in the past to stop them from acting in the future?
Earlier in the week, China and the Group of 77 criticised the developed world for trying to “shift responsibility of addressing climate change and its adverse effects on developing countries.” China has lashed out specifically at the US for not doing enough to cut its carbon emissions.
India is reminding the world that it’s their turn to develop. ‘Let’s not forget, we are climate victims’ shouts this piece in the Times of India.
This editorial is calling for Africa to walk as one at Copenhagen or risk being sidelined.
Have a read of this piece in Ghana. They’re frustrated at the finger being pointed at Africa.
‘Africa, and for that matter Ghana probably do not contribute much to all these climate shenanigans. But funny enough, the biggest polluters seem to set their eyes on Africa and asking the continent to halt practices that affect our climate. Climate Change is not only an issue on energy and environment, it is also an issue of Justice and equity.’
Should developing nations do their part to combat climate change? Or is it their turn to industrialise?